The flowers keep coming and I just can’t seem to paint them quickly enough. The past week I’ve been working exclusively in watercolor with pen and ink. This allows me to loosely capture the beauty of the flowers but add detail with the pen and ink.
I always sketch the flower arrangement first, then add the watercolor. When that is completely dried, I add the details with a Platinum pen and carbon ink cartridge. Sometimes I still use the dip quill with India ink. I can even use a plastic eraser to remove some of the pencil lines without disturbing the painting.
These paintings are usually done on quarter sheet watercolor paper, 140 pound, Arches or another quality paper. They are 10 x 14 inches with a ½ inch border or I divide the paper into four sections. The smaller paintings are matted in museum grade soft white mats of 8 x 10 inches with a foam core backing.
Flowers this week include a branch of dogwood, an arrangement of some lovely salmon-color azaleas with fronds of bridal veil. Smaller paintings include Greek Valerian, Blue Phlox, more varieties of azaleas and whatever else I find blooming. The season is often so short that I can’t capture everything I want to paint but I give it a good try.